Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, “A Triumph and a Tragedy,” is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is the Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to Catholic Answers Magazine, and a weekly guest on “Catholic Answers Live.”
Or will your children or grandchildren?
Before you scoff at the possibility, recognize that it has already been happening to people.
The homosexual lobby is relentless and is not seeking tolerance. It is seeking coerced social approval of homosexual behavior.
That includes forcing non-homosexuals to participate in homosexual “pride” celebrations.
It happened right here in San Diego, where four fire
men were ordered to participated in the local “San Diego Pride Parade” (notice how even the word “gay” is missing from the name of the event? That’s evidence of what linguists sometimes call the “euphemism treadmill”—where a euphemism for something viewed negatively eventually takes on the negative connotations of what it was originally intended to substitute for; more evidence of that happening regarding the word “gay” here).
Afterwards, they filed suit against the city of San Diego, and eventually they won a jury trial on one of their grounds of complaint (that they were subject to sexual harassment at the parade by the lewdly-behaving homosexual spectators). This was recently upheld by an appeals court judge.
They did not win, however, on the even more fundamental claim that their freedom of speech was violated under the California Constitution, and this question has been left unresolved. (Court ruling: .pdf)
The case (which hopefully San Diego will not further appeal) thus represents a victory—although a limited one—for basic moral values.
It’s a sign, though, of the kinds of things we are in for in the future.
And don’t think that just because these men were in California and that they worked for the government was what caused the problem.
Private companies also often have pro-homosexual policies, and they also can put pressure on their employees to participate in activities that violate their moral principles—often with less legal accountability than is available when the government is the employer.
Public employees also are at risk. Consider the delicate position public school teachers are now in—and which will continue to get worse—regarding the treatment of homosexuality in public schools.
Things are already bad in our own time, folks, and it will be worse in the times of our children and grand children.
What are your predictions?
And what do you think should be done?